Awesome Halloween Book Giveaway and Some Good Advice

Last year at this time, my son, Marcus, and I toured with the animated short and children’s storybook, Black Day: The Monster Rock Band. We were out nearly six weeks at stops from retail stores to churches to libraries and schools. At a stop to visit the third grade classes at an elementary school near … More Awesome Halloween Book Giveaway and Some Good Advice

It’s Not My Daughter’s Job to Prove How Well She Can Learn

As she sat there reading her book word-for-word, I felt a sense of determination. Ella loves to read and therefore has plenty of motivation when it comes to memorizing sight words. “We’ll show them,” I thought, “they think that she can’t learn alongside her peers, but we’ll work hard and make it happen.” I had … More It’s Not My Daughter’s Job to Prove How Well She Can Learn

Not Me – When My Son with Down Syndrome Feels Left Behind

My son Joshua has two “brothers by another mother.” He loves them dearly. This picture was taken at the celebration / vow renewal of his youngest brother (left). Today, the middle brother, (right) got married. Josh recorded a short message for his brother that included “Good job bro,” and “I love you.”  As soon as I stopped the … More Not Me – When My Son with Down Syndrome Feels Left Behind

Just Work Harder with Your Daughter (and other bad advice for special needs parents)

“Of course my child can do that, I taught her.” I remember sitting around a table with a few other moms and some of their children. Over dinner, we sat and discussed life and parenting. A few of us marveled as we watched a little two year old with Down Syndrome perfectly use a fork … More Just Work Harder with Your Daughter (and other bad advice for special needs parents)

My Daughter has Down Syndrome and Here’s What to Say About It

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of posts with titles like, 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Parent of a Child with Down Syndrome, or 20 Things You Should Never Say to a Parent of a Child with a Disability. While there is validity regarding what not to say in some of these lists, such as … More My Daughter has Down Syndrome and Here’s What to Say About It